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To be,or not to be...

To be,or not to be...
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Copyright: Sebnem Sozer (dew77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-06
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon Macro EF 100mm F2.8 USM
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 1) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-08 2:17
Viewed: 4741
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 138
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello,this photo was taken on last saturday at my fathers garden;).Before I wasn’t TN member I didnt endure to see such scanes , but now I’m getting excited for showing such events to you.This was not a funny shot,but a part of wildlife.I think it was a wolf spider. Have a nice and sunny week and hope you will like it.

Wolf spider
Infos from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Wolf spiders
Burrowing wolf spider defending its egg sac
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Lycosidae

Wolf spiders are members of the family Lycosidae. Except for the genus Sosippus, these spiders do not use their silk to make a snare. Some use their silk to line a tubular tunnel in the ground. Some take regular shelter in natural crevices. Still others spend their entire lives wandering around with no fixed abode. Unlike many other spiders, they have good vision and run their prey down.
Wolf spiders are made easier to spot because the females carry their eggs along with them in a spherical silk bag which is attached to their spinnerets. After the eggs hatch the large numbers of tiny spiders climb onto the mother's abdomen and are carried about for a considerable time

Camera Model:Canon EOS 20D
Shooting Date/Time:8/6/2005 16:21:14 PM
Shooting Mode: Manual Exposure
Tv( Shutter Speed ): 1/125
Av( Aperture Value ):16.0
Metering Mode:Evaluative Metering
ISO Speed:400
Lens:100.0 mm+1.2 canon extention tube+1.4 canon teleconverter
Focal Length:100.0 mm
Flash Type:Built-In Flash
Flash Exposure Compensation: 0
AF Mode:Manual Focus
Drive Mode:Single-frame shooting

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Excellent shot Sebnem,
Good detail and good POV. Nicely exposed. Nicely composed. Excellent notes.
Well captured, thanks for posting.
Have a good week.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-08-08 2:58]

Perfect photo. Very nice composition, focus and colors.

Hello Şebnem!
Interresting capture.POV,details and composition are excellent.Thanks for sharing.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-08-08 3:54]

This picture tells a story! Great, sharp details and wonderful composition.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-08 4:10]

Hallo Sebnem, something more violent today ;-) As you know I like spiders of all kinds and this one is no exception! I'm glad that TN helped you to look at beauty of such creatures ;-) Very nice moment, full of action.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-08 4:20]

What an impressive spider that you have well captured ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are very good ! Thanks Sebnem for sharing this interesting moment.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-08-08 4:45]

Hi Sebnem,
Nice phot. I like how you have cptured the spiders lair, the web, as well.
Nice POV.
I like the deatails and his hairy legs.
well done.

Sebnem, superb action shot! I liked DOF, details and composition very much. TFS.

Hi Sebnem,
Excellent macro!
Very good composition, details and colour.

Hello Sebnem! This is composed very well with excellent DOF including the spiders head/legs and prey equally well..Great sharpness, light, details, colors and I really like your POV here..Excellent note, Very well done!

Sebnem, your skill just gets better and better.
You have a very good eye for seeing these amazing scenes, then you captutre them with perfection and share them with the world. I think your work is superb.
Everything is perfect, the quality is astonishing. 10 points if I could.

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-08 10:20]

Hello Şebnem.
Great close up.Colours,sharpness details,POV and composition excellent.
Thanks for posting

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-08-08 10:35]

very nice one Sebnem,
very good shot, the details are fantastic, the composition is nice, and the dof is great, very good job you did here,
gr. Jaap

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-08-08 13:56]

Merhaba Sebnem, cok ilginc ve az bulunur bir sahne. Bence biraz az pozlanmis olmasina ragmen detaylari ve kompozisyonu ile goz doldurucu.
Eline saglik.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-08-08 15:09]

Excellent Macro Shot Sebnem,
I love the POV little scary and sad but that is the nature.Nice sharpness and focus.TFS

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-08 16:04]
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Hello Sebnem, excellent photo. It's not a wolf spider - I'm pretty certain that it belongs to the genus Agelena, there a are two species in Europe. I'm not going to guess the species here as I'm not sure what species are in your area and I dod not know enough about this genus.

I do like the shot, very much. It's an excellent capture of an any defending itself- it appears that the ant amy be spraying the spider with formic acid...I bet the ant got away?

Very nice work, I love these action shots. Thansk for posting.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-08 16:14]

Şebnem, photography has already changed my behavior too - and that's nice.

Great pov and composition. That's how life goes on...

You captured a great moment.

The right time!
Very nice shot
TFS, Laurent

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-08-08 18:50]

Hello Sebnem,
Its an excellent capture.
Very good POV,nice detail and lighting.
I like the web detail especially.
Very nice indeed,well done.


Impressive shot, Sebnem. Nice to see real life captured so well. Also, thanks so much for the detail in your technique. It helps me learn :-) Exeptionally done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-08-08 23:54]

Good shot Sebnum, they are very big. Great macro shot catching all the gory action. Nice and sharp and good clarity. Well done.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-08-09 14:27]

Great Macro Sebnem,
I like this action shot very well composed, nice colours & razorsharp details Dof & Pov are great.

Have a great day :-)


Ugghhhh!!! I HATE spiders. It is a very good picture though. Fantastic actually. The amount of great action shots from you is mind boggling, Sebnem. Well done and TFS.


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-09 19:23]

Sorry Sebnem, I have no time to write a proper comment. I give to you the well deserved smily.

Hi Sebnem,
Wow! Excellent shot. The detail and DOF are superb. I love the composition, and you know whats coming for the little guy. Thats nature.

This is a great picture, Sebnem.
You caught a great moment with very good details.
Good compositon and POV too.
Excellent work.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-08-10 8:40]

Very good macro. Friends all told You. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-08-11 15:39]

Hi Sebnem, you got him just when he is about to have his meal... very well captured! Excellent details, POV, composition and notes. Very well done, TFS... :)

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-08-11 22:51]
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Nitidez é uma característica de suas macros!!! Até a profundidade, ÓTIMO olho, bom equipamento!
O assunto é sempre surpreendente.
Boas notas (NOTES) sempre!
É tão fácil criticar suas fotos que até fica difícil...He... He...
Muito bom!


Glad you are on the band wagon of spiders. The more you look at them through the lens, the more you will like them, like pets. LOL

Excellent shot, details, exposure and composition.
Beautiful work.


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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2005-08-13 13:36]

Hi Sebnem,

Excellent macro. Very good details, color and sharpness.
Fantastic notes.

Norbert :-)

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-08-13 14:39]

Merhabalar Sebnem,
herzamanki harika karelerden biri...
gerçekten her fotoğrafının seyri farklı bir tat..
ellerine gözlerine emeğine sağlık :)

A well captured moment in the cycle of life, Sebnem.

Like you, there was a time (and sometimes still) that I couldn't look at such things.

Great job on this well documented composition.


Merhaba Şebnem,

Aynı örümcek(ya da çok benzerini) bende çekmiştim ama bu kadar güzel ve net değil.Türü öğrenmek açısından iyi oldu.Ağzında su damlası gibi görülen sıvı zehir mi?

Wooow Sebnem!
Amazing shot! I love hairy spiders and this situation is amazing!

And I love your photo in INTRO! Your cat is absolutely GREAT!

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  • Eko Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 187 W: 10 N: 38] (121)
  • [2005-08-17 16:26]
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Hello Şebnem!
Very good capture.POV,details and composition are excellent.Thanks for sharing.

What a special moment you have captured here, and with great details and dof. Very well done. Take care. Yan

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  • jloup Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 30] (131)
  • [2005-08-19 6:01]
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Hello Sebnem

Great picture indeed
I agreed with PDP regarding the fact that it is not likely a wolf spider but more likely an Agnela like this

Sorry about the mess with the url but I'm trying to find a way to have them in the text

Anyway it's a great picutre!
Günayden like you say in Turkey (I'm just coming back from Eastern Turckey ;o)


Hi Şebnem!
Great capture of a very common event in nature, the strong eating the weak! Wonderful DOF, focus and composition. Great post!


Hi Sebnem,

Lovely action capture. The results are impressive with the TC and tubes. I will love to try this combination out sometime. If I may nit pick I would suggest placing the subject a bit more left leaving more space to the right. It's a minor nit though.

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  • ryyck Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 176] (994)
  • [2005-09-08 13:01]

Bela macro!

Fantastic moment captured Sebnem, all areas are well handle, DOF impressive, details good. 7/10 Very well done.

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-09-16 15:12]

Hi Sebnem
Good name :o) I think he didnť have time for decide.
Very good and nice photo .
well done
regards Libor

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-09-20 11:50]

Cze¶æ Sebnem. Rewelacyjna fotka, doskonale uchwycone, mistrzostwo.

Great sharpness on the head of the spider and nice soft lighting on the image. Framing and the slightly diagonal pose of the spider make this an interesting photo. Very well done!

What a wonderful shot!!!!!! *I can never get cler closeups like this! A bit gruesome, but thats life!

Just impressed with your gallery, congrats for every one of them. I chose this one because I like spiders and find this scene very interesting. The quality is great too, very controled and with great detail and 3D effect. A good work.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-10-29 10:55]

Wow, I missed this shot before. What a nice macro action capture :-) Very interesting POV, Sebnem, and overall perfect. Congratulations! Michal

Hello Dew,
Excellent Marco. Can even see the teeth of the spider. Poor ant but very good photo. TFS.

You do very beautiful macro!
This is fantastic, also because you captured a particular moment! Bye Tom

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2005-11-29 1:00]

Hi Sebnem.
To be or not to be,.....Original.
Is great macro, nice compositions, color and details...great shot.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-01-19 10:25]

Good picture showing the reality of life!

Sharpness and exposure look good. Composition brings attention on main subject and its victim.
Excellent work Sebnem and TFS.

Hi Sebnem,
Good macro and composition.

tres bien sebnem
combat inegal mais photo remarquable,felicitations.

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-03-13 14:41]
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Sebnem, very nice capture. As you said: just part of the natural cycle. Superb DOF. Personally I have problems to get a close up like this. My camera does focus on the middle and the rest of the image gets blurry when I use macro shots.. On the other hand you got the complete image focused. Got to learn how to do that. Also de ant provides a pretty good idea of the scale!! Congrats and will be back to see the rest of your gallery. Greetings from Bolivia, Gabriel

what can I say........?
Great moment, note, details, composition, POV, DOF!
Thanks Ana:)

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-20 5:17]

Hi Sebnem
Great composition.Good sharpnes, details, coloursa, note and POV.
Well done


Bonjour Sebnem
Voilà une bien belle bestiolle qui va en ayyrapper une autre.! La composition est superbe, ainsi que le contraste et les couleurs.
Merci pour le partage et au revoir...JP

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-22 17:20]

Hi Sebnem, excellent macro with sharp details and well exposed colours. Also well composed with a good POV. Very well done and TFS.

I guess this has been 1-0 for the spider. congratulation for this unusual pic. Very interesting. POV and composition are 1st class. Very interesting to see that the ant is facing instead of running away. Ants can bite very bad, but it seems hopeless in this present case.

Hello Şebnem,
Event well observed and documented. Well balanced picture. Great details to appreciate. TFS.

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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2006-10-07 16:23]

Creepy! But what a great shot. Youve captured the moment of nature in a great way!
Great details and colours!

Great job!

What a great shot Sebnem!
I understand what you felt about this kind of behavior but it is really part of nature :-) Even if you didn't like it at this time, you caught it very well! Congratulation for this picture, this is a great capture with excellent details and compo :) Thanks for sharing :-)

Harika bir makro!!Elinize sağlık.

Hallo Sebnem, photo of a dramatic moment, you have taken the istant in skillful way, wonderful composition of nature, splendid photo, very well done, ciao Silvio

Love your outstanding notes.
A well captured moment.
Well presented.
Excellent clarity.
Best regards,
Have a wonderful new year.

Hello Sebnem:

Very nice macro-shot. Maybe a little bit of sharpness could help, but the composition is really good.


Merhaba Sebnem super macro cekmisin hersey mukemmel f/16 iyi DOF olmus. tebrikler Selamlar Necip.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-09-14 12:29]

selam sebnem
bu orumcek hakkinda bilgi veren guzel bir av calismasi sunmussun
kompozisyonu, bakis acisini, alan derinligini, isik kullanimini, netligi, detaylari ve notunu begendim
eline saglik

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